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FUN FACT The biggest raindrops ever recorded were 1cm in diameter, spotted by scientists in Brazil.
. Enjoy We hope you’re making the most of the end of the holidays .co.uk the puzzles, jokes and fun while you can! g2kids@guardian
Across 1 Harry Potter and the Deathly ___ : the last book in the series (7) 6 Entertain (5) 7 Fizzy fruit-flavoured drink (9) 8 Tiles (anag) (5) 9 The name of the British royal family (7)
Down 1 Person who studies the past (9) 2 Ape with long reddish hair (9) 3 Part of a hot dog (7) 4 The host of a TV show (9) 5 Swift-flying bird with a forked tail (7)
What did the lady say to her worried dog? “Don’t worry, pet!” Stella Cohen, 10
YOU AND YOUR PET
Can you find something green hidden in this riddle?
For answers see tomorrow’s G2
My first is in good and in great My second is in early but not in late My third is the first letter of the alphabet My fourth is not in cheery but is in upset My fifth is found two times in sunset
ThE WINNER Is ... sTORY COmPETITION
Earlier in the summer we challenged budding young authors to write a thrilling story of no more than 247 words with the title, The Guardian. Thank you to all who entered. The quality of entries was extremely high, and we are pleased to reveal our winners today, as chosen by a panel including Neil Gaiman. Ethan Gibbons, 10, wowed the judges with his exceptional entry, printed right, and has won a Kindle, where perhaps one day he will read his published work. The runners-up are Will Moorfoot, 14, Jonathan Neary, 10, Olivia Crow, 8, Ethan Wild, 8, and Amelia Dowling, 12, who all receive a signed copy of The Graveyard Book. You can read their entries, and the exclusive story by Neil Gaiman that kicked off the competititon, online at guardian.co.uk/childrensbooks
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Name: George the gerbil. Age: 9 months. Favourite food: Strawberries. Likes: Running through toilet roll cardboard tubes, practising his soccer skills by playing keepy-uppy with a ball and munching stuff. Dislikes: Being without his twin brother Charlie, who died suddenly recently. After a period of mourning, George is now getting on with life alone as best he can and eating for two! Kumari, 9
Akimbo and the Elephants by Alexander McCall Smith A thrilling adventure of a boy called Akimbo growing up in Africa in a Kenyan game reserve. Akimbo’s father works as a park ranger. When Akimbo, his father and some other men go on a trip, Akimbo spots a sick elephant that has been hunted for its ivory tusks. On seeing this he is determined to stop the poaching. He thinks up an amazing plan and with the help of his father and a friend, the poachers are caught. Divya Viswanath, 8
Friday’s answers Spot the difference: (apology: we said there were five; there were only six) light is yellow, moon is not full, missing car stripe/chimney/wing mirror Word wheel: lots of options and the long word is microwave
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